When not finding out or working, fourth-year sociology main Olivia Chung might be discovered stress-free and taking part in video video games or being an energetic member of the Highlander Gaming Membership (HLG). For the previous three years, Chung has been a public relations officer for the HLG and has change into a revered and cherished member.
Based on Chung, the HLG is a membership meant to “promote and contain the campus about esports and the gaming business.” She defined that as a social gaming membership, they settle for all college students, hope to proceed constructing friendships and to take the gaming expertise on campus to the subsequent stage.
As a gamer herself, the membership means loads to Chung, who’s enthusiastic about taking part in video games and surrounding herself with individuals who additionally like to play video video games. She claims that the HLG is a “secure house the place I can converse about my love for video games with others like me.” Chung described how simple it was to make pals on this membership and particularly to seek out others to play with.
On account of the virtually year-long campus closure, the HLG has struggled to switch to a web-based format and to get college students concerned of their membership, like many different golf equipment and organizations on campus. The HLG has persevered regardless of the campus closure by internet hosting weekly film nights, Pleasant Fridays and on-line tournaments.
Most memorable to her throughout her time concerned within the HLG is when she was in command of the Artist Alley, an space designated for pupil artists and native artists to promote their paintings. The alley was half Highlander Con, a day-long, free gaming conference held at UCR the place college students can take part in all kinds of tournaments, gaming organizations and lectures that showcased paintings from college students and the local people.
Like many different college students, Chung is harking back to the occasions spent on campus, pre-COVID. One of many issues she misses most is strolling round campus, attending in-person membership occasions and the connections she made at UCR. “I felt extra linked to the folks I used to be with then,” acknowledged Chung. The largest disappointment for Chung is that she is not going to expertise an in-person commencement ceremony, which is one thing she had anticipated for years. It has been extremely tough for Chung, and lots of different college students graduating this 12 months, to return to the conclusion that their household and pals is not going to see them stroll throughout that commencement stage.
After commencement, Chung seems to be ahead to discovering what her profession aspirations are and hopefully touring after it turns into secure to take action. For now, Chung will likely be increasing her small artwork enterprise that started as a interest. She enjoys making stickers, buttons, knick-knacks and artwork commissions. Most lately, she had the chance to make and promote customized stickers. Chung claims she is going to “attempt to proceed doing paintings and I suppose I’ll see the place I am going from there.”
For these keen on HLG, try Instagram account @hlg_ucr and to take a look at Chung’s artwork, comply with @mega.oddish on Instagram.